On Tuesday Feb. 11 the Board of Trustees approved the language to add two annexation questions to the April 1 ballot. The question regarding the fate of the 80-acre Haworth property will be listed as question 241. The question that would require voter approval of all annexations outside Berthoud’s 2012 growth management area (GMA) will be question 242. It’s important to keep these names in mind as the election gets closer, because campaign materials will refer to them. The Loveland-Berthoud Association of REALTORS (LBAR) has an official position opposing both ballot questions.
A bill currently under review by the Colorado General Assembly could impact the April 1 municipal election in Berthoud and other Northern Colorado towns. House Bill 1164, which would create a “Colorado Local Election Code,” co-sponsored by Rep. Dickie Lee Hullinghorst (Boulder) relates to elections for municipal contests, special districts such as fire or water, and school district races.
HB-1164 aligns residency requirements for municipal, special and school district elections with statewide residency requirements, reducing that requirement from 30 to 22 days. The bill takes effect upon signature of the Governor, or upon becoming law without his signature, and applies to elections on or after the effective date of the bill. So it could affect elections in Berthoud and other statutory towns such as Firestone and Erie this spring depending on how quickly it moves through the legislature.